Calvin on Islam

     “But (as I have already touched),” responds Calvin, “ it is not enough for us that our fathers have delivered us such a religion as they thought good.”   For we need to test the religion of our fathers against the previous religion which their earlier ancestors received in purity from the hand of the Triune God Himself (cf. Gen. 1:1-3 & 1:26 etc.).7 

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         Perhaps almost at the same time Moses was giving his prophecies — an important declaration was made also by Job (4:13f).   Said that prophet: “In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on men — fear and trembling came upon me….   Then a spirit passed before my face…and I heard a voice saying: ‘Shall mortal man be more just than God?’”   

      That was indeed a revelation from the Triune God  to Job – before the inscripturation of the now-completed Holy Scriptures.   Nevertheless, after that latter event – there would be no such further revelations either in visions during the day or in dreams during the night. 

     Explains Dr. John Calvin8 in his Sermons on Job (4:15f): “Devilish curiosity be not contented to be taught simply by the Holy Scripture!   Behold also — whereupon the religion of the Turks is founded! 

     “Mahomet has reported himself to be the party that should bring the full revelation — over and besides the Gospel.   And by means thereof, they [the Islamic Turks] have utterly become brute beasts….   At this day, we see that those poor beasts busy their heads about as doltish and unsens-ible things as any can be.   But it is the just vengeance of God, Who has given them over to a wil-ful stubborn mind!” 

     Also the equally-unitarian Anabaptist Servetus “said that the Holy Ghost had not reigned as yet – but that He was to come….   He would have made himself a Mahomet, to have the Holy Ghost at his command….   But let us content us with the Holy Scripture – seeing that God has  enclosed us within the bounds thereof!”   John 14:16 & 14:26 and 15:26 and 16:7-15. 

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       In Daniel 2:34f & 2:44, that Prophet predicted that the Messiah would come and smash the Fourth World Empire.   Said Daniel to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon in respect of the image of a Ruler he had dreamed about: “Keep on looking, till a Stone gets cut out, without hands – [a Stone] Which smites the image upon its feet that are of iron and clay!” 

     Pre-incarnational Israelites (before the birth of Jesus) regarded that fourth or iron-and-clay kingdom as the Pagan Roman Empire — which later divided into two, the Eastern and the Western, like the hard yet brittle legs of the image of the ruler in the above prediction.   Though after the later Judaists rejected Jesus as the Messianic Stone — they more and more began to argue that the iron Empire was Islam.   They then did this — so as to be able to try and justify their view that the Messianic Stone would come forth from Judaism, during the time of the hegemony of Islam.    

     It does seem that the fourth iron kingdom was in fact both the pre-Papal and the pre-Islamic undivided Pagan Roman Empire, as well as the later Western-Roman Papal and the contempor-aneous Eastern-Roman Islamic Empire into which it then subdivided.  Indeed, both “Mahomet” and “the Pope” — as we have already seeni — Dr. Calvin called “the two horns of Antichrist.”   Thus they correspond to the two legs of the later Roman Empire – Islam and the Papacy. 

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